Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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IN THE PEN

The Catalan writer and broadcaster Àngel Casas has just brought out a collection of anti-Christmas poems, which I haven’t yet read but which I imagine echo the complaints about this annual festival...

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PRICK UP HIS EARS

Foreigners giving even just a cursory glance at Spanish politics will know that in June of this year, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) was ousted from power thanks to a vote of no confidence tabled by...

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ALIVE

On September 20th, 2017, Spanish Civil Guards raided the Catalan Ministry of the Economy, searching for material related to the independence referendum scheduled for October 1st. A spontaneous demonstration...

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CYCLES

It’s becoming increasingly hard to second-guess the near future of Catalonia (this autumn promises to be especially turbulent, what with a massive demonstration on September 11th to call for the establishment...

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SUMMER OF TRUMP

This summer, whether you be hiking in mountainous areas, lolling about in a sea or visiting the foreign capital of your choice, one thing is certain: you’ll be hearing about Donald Trump. He has never...

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KILLING FRANCO

Literary awards, from the Nobel on down, can be erratic to say the least. One year they give it to a work of genius (or to the genius in person); the next, to a book or an author that everybody will have...

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SPECIAL EXPORT

Franco once famously said (in a meeting with foreign journalists towards the end of the Civil War) that ’Catalonia has been one of the fundamental causes of our uprising’. A ’cause’ he would deal...

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES

In the ‘Eighties, when I was in my twenties, like many others I listened to a lot of punk rock, starting with the Sex Pistols’ scream of ‘God save the Queen/And the Fascist regime’, through to...

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THE WAY WE ARE

The case of the four imprisoned Catalan politicians and civic leaders is, slowly but surely, garnering more international attention. Last month, lawyers working out of London, Barcelona and Paris - including...